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April 12, 2019©

Is any man afraid of change? What can take place without change? What then is more pleasing or more suitable to the universal nature? And can you take a hot bath unless the wood for the fire undergoes a change? And can you be nourished unless the food undergoes a change? And can anything else that is useful be accomplished without change? Do you not see then that for yourself also to change is just the same, and equally necessary for the universal nature?

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Vitamins; Buyer Beware

Vitamin and mineral supplements won’t help you live longer, could cause harm according to a decade long study of 30,000 supplement users 

Getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals can lower your risk of an early death, but they should come from food instead of supplements, a newly published study from Tufts University suggests.

Researchers found no association between the use of dietary supplements and a lower risk of death.

The study analyzed data from a larger health and nutrition survey conducted from 1999 to 2010. More than 30,000 participants ages 20 and older answered questions about dietary supplement use.

Benefits earned only when nutrients came from food

Results showed people who got adequate amounts of vitamin K and magnesium lowered their risk of early death, and those who got enough vitamin A, vitamin K and zinc had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Those benefits were earned only when those nutrients came from food, not supplements.

While supplement use contributes to an increased level of total nutrient intake, there are beneficial associations with nutrients from foods that aren’t seen with supplements according to an author of the study.

Calcium from supplements associated with a higher risk of death from cancer

The study found excess intake of calcium through supplements was associated with a higher risk of death from cancer. Researchers say there was no link between cancer risk and calcium intake from food.

Several studies have called into question the need for supplements and whether they actually improve overall health.

Last year, a study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Cardiology found vitamin and mineral supplements offered no measurable health benefits to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Too much synthetic vitamin B doubles risk of lung cancer in men

A previous study from 2017 warned that men taking too much vitamin B could double their risk of developing lung cancer.

Vitamin safety

Long time readers may remember that I have written extensively in the past about the harm of synthetic vitamins and vitamin fortified foods, especially both forms of fat soluble synthetic Vitamin D, a steroid precursor. When the known risks became well published in other sources I abandoned covering those risks, which are extensive. Today I only advocate food based supplements like fish oil or cod liver oil for bio active D or naturally created B vitamins as found in one nutritional yeast product as seen here.

It is still worth noting, cod liver oil should only be taken in winter months or for short durations and fish oil in summer months and to never overdose on these particular supplements.

The only form of vitamin supplements that are equivalent to their natural counterpart is Vitamin C, or sodium ascorbate.

Pantothenic acid is not found in nature but is amide linkage to beta-alanine. In foods it is known as pantothenate. Pantothenate was once known as vitamin B5. Organ meats, yeast, egg yolks, and broccoli are rich dietary sources of natural pantothenate. Cooking meat and the processing of vegetables lead to significant losses of pantothenate, up to 78%. A deficiency of this vitamin, known as the ‘starvation vitamin’ was once thought to be rare as it was seen mostly in those suffering severe starvation effects such as were found among those in concentrations camps. It is one of the few B vitamin supplements still recommended if desired and now can also be found in nutritional yeast in its natural form.

In conclusion

Today the known risks from synthetic vitamins are following the known risks from synthetic drugs and results are being published daily about the dangers of each. Synthetic vitamins are also added to fortified foods. Two more good reasons to get your vitamins from foods instead of relying upon supplements or refined vitamin fortified foods.

April 2019 Study